Let’s think about Spring!



I can’t take another day of this dreary weather. All I do is make cookies, soup and bread, as you can see from my photos.  It was fun for a week or so, but now I have had enough of flour all over the kitchen and a freezer filled with soup containers.   So, I started to think about all of the good things coming up in the next month or so to get me out of the house.  For starters, this Saturday heralds the first day of 2015 that Standing Chimney in New Galilee ( near New Castle) is open.  It’s a sweet shop filled with local pottery, baking and dip mixes, handmade candles and all sorts of lovely, locally made items.  Every time I’ve been there, the dear owners have samples of their goodies so you can try before you buy.  And once I even bought a fresh,  free range chicken there (from their backyard, I think.)  You never know what they will have and that is part of the fun.  Standing Chimney is open from 10 am until 4 pm this Saturday.  After all of this cabin fever, who isn’t ready for a little road trip??


Another cool thing this weekend is the Hard Boiled event at the Nomadic Trading Company in Punxsutawney.  This  one is new to me, but I am intrigued.  So if the weather is decent, I’ll be trekking to the land of the groundhog to check out this the goods.   My friend, Danielle, from The Tea Loft in Allison Park will be there and it is worth driving a long way for her beautiful teas.



Subarashii Kudamono Asian Pear Wine Tasting

Photo courtesy of Subarashii Kudamono.


This past spring, I had the pleasure of meeting Holly Harter, who works for Subarashii Kudamono, a company based in eastern PA that grows Asian Pears and also makes delicious Asian Pear wine and spirits.  Holly is an expert on the subject of Asian Pears and on  Pennsylvania wineries, and I really enjoyed chatting with her.  This week, you can meet Holly and get a sample of luscious wines by stopping into a few local  Wine & Spirits Premium Collection Stores!


The dates & locations include:

Thursday June 9th – 2 PM to 4 PM – 521 Beaver Street,  Sewickley PA

Friday June 10th – 2 PM to 4 PM – Village Square Mall – 5000 Oxford Dr, Bethel Park, PA

Saturday June 11th – Noon to 2 PM – The Perry Shops – 7920 Perry Hwy, Pittsburgh, PA

Saturday June 11th – 4 PM to 6 PM –  Bill Green Shopping Center – 10 Clarion Rd, Pittsburgh, PA

Sunday June 12th – 2 PM to 4 PM – Cranberry Mall – 20111 Route 19, Cranberry, PA


Samples of Subarashii Kudamono dried Asian Pears, gourmet Asian Pear dipping spreads as well as several selections of hand-crafted, artisan cheeses from Eastern Pennsylvania will also be available.  If you’ve never tried Asian Pears, this event is a “must.”   More information about Subarashii Kudamono Asian Pears or  their award winning wines can be found at www.wonderfulfruit.com and at www.winesofsubarashii.com.

The Dessert Wine took home a Silver Medal at the recent 2011 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, the Asian Pear Wine took home a Bronze Medal, and the Asian Pear Eau de Vie (clear, unaged brandy) also took home a Silver Medal in the same competition.


The wine is great with BBQ,  chicken salad,  hot dogs,  grilled salmon steaks, or most anything off the grill.  It’s refreshing and different, and perfect for summer.    Check out the websites for  recipes using  their locally made, uniquely flavorful products. And please stop by and say hello to Holly this week.